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Brit man ‘killed by Indonesian girlfriend in Bali while on video call with ex’

INDONESIAN cops have said they are inclined to believe tragic Brit dad Matt Harper killed himself in Bali – just as his murder-suspect girlfriend claimed.

The 48-year-old died from multiple stab wounds in his home on the paradise island on Thursday.

Matt Harper's girlfriend Emmy Pakpahan was quizzed by cops over his death
Matt Harper’s girlfriend Emmy Pakpahan was quizzed by cops over his death
Emmy Pakpahan, who is in her 40s, told police that Matt killed himself
Emmy Pakpahan, who is in her 40s, told police that Matt killed himself

Pals said Matt, originally from Gloucester but who worked in Bali since February 2020, was on video call with loved ones back in the UK when he died.

His Indonesian-born girlfriend Emmy Pakpahan was quizzed by cops over the incident and remains under investigation.

Pakpahan, who is in her 40s and is Indonesian-born but has US citizenship from a previous marriage, told police that Matt killed himself.

Bali’s director of criminal investigation, police chief Mr Surawan, told The Sun today: “I can’t say this is murder yet. So far we suspect that Mr Harper died by suicide.”

Mr Surawan said CCTV footage from Matt’s villa showed him and Pakpahan on the property on Thursday morning.

He went on: “It is reported the victim escorted his girlfriend out of the villa

“Mr Harper then entered the villa and went to the bedroom and locked the bedroom door.

“His girlfriend then came back and peeked into the room and saw that the victim was in a critical condition. She then took the victim to the hospital, but he was not saved.

“Mr Harper has wounds to his neck and stomach from a sharp weapon.

“We are still investigating and interviewing a number of witnesses, including Miss Pakpahan.

“We also have to wait for the autopsy results to confirm the cause of death. No one has been arrested so far.”

Matt, who worked for luxury hotel firm Karma, had been in a relationship with Pakpahan since last July, according to pals.

She showed investigators a video of him dying on the floor of his Bali home moments after the suspected attack on Thursday.

Pakpahan filmed the footage herself from outside the property, claiming Matt had locked the doors and intentionally harmed himself.

She sobs in the clip: “I don’t know what’s happened. I don’t know, I don’t know.”

Pals said they were boyfriend and girlfriend but she seemed to suggest they were wed with a “Mr and Mrs Harper” Facebook pic in October.

And in a video on social media, she films herself thanking friends and family for their “support” after news of his death broke.

‘PERFECT GENTLEMAN’

Matt is understood to have arrived in Bali in February 2020. He got a job with the hotel group and often shared videos and pics on social media of his “dream” life on the Indonesian island.

A keen chef, he regularly cooked treats for friends on Bali and even held a “Come Dine With Me” event at a restaurant there last year.

A Foreign & Commonwealth Office spokesman said last night: “We are in contact with the Indonesian police regarding the death of a British man in Bali, and are supporting the family at this difficult time.”

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/17328913/british-man-murdered-indonesian-girlfriend-bali/ Brit man ‘killed by Indonesian girlfriend in Bali while on video call with ex’

Huynh Nguyen

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